Case Study Electrical Transmission Substation Perimeter Physical Security System

RBtec Perimeter Security Systems Delivers Transmission Substation Perimeter Security



  • Meet CIP-014 requirements
  • Deter and stop copper theft


  • A kit of 2 zones IRONCLAD Fence Alarm System
  • Integrates with local burglar alarm systems
  • A user-friendly solution to replace photoelectric beams / active infrared barriers

Value Delivered:

  • Connects to the existing SCADA system
  • A reliable perimeter detection system
  • Low maintenance and false alarm rate
  • An economic but reliable solution needed
  • The ability of a local integrator to install the system without
  • 1. Training
  • 2. Certification
  • 3. Special tools
  • Decreased alarm rate and maintenance caused by other previously used solutions.

Project Overview – Electrical Transmission Substation Perimeter Security System

The first requirement under the NERC CIP 014 standard is for utilities to identify transmission stations, substations, and control centers that if inoperable or severely damaged could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading failures in the electrical grid.

For the most part, generation plants and control centers are well-protected there for leaving substations and transmission lines as the most potentially vulnerable assets.

RBtec was contacted by a large investor-owned electric utility delivering electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states to provide perimeter security system for its electrical transmission substation. The IRONCLAD Fence Alarm System was chosen as the product to be used in substations and service yards. One of the key decision-making factors was the solution met the customer budget and simplicity of installation.

The Solution – IRONCLAD Fence Alarm System

RBtec offered its IRONCLAD fence alarm system due to the fact the customer needed a simple, user-friendly, and reliable device that will alert if someone climbs or cuts the fence while meeting the requirements for the fence sensor. The IRONCLAD fence sensor was ideal for this requirement due to the fact it needed no training or certification for the local teams and couple connect to the existing SCADA system.

Conclusions and Advantages

  1. Plug & Play installation, Anyone can install the system without prior experience!
  2. 3 Layers of false alarm filtration, peace of mind only the real events will alert you
  3. Economical and affordable technology to cover 100% of the perimeter
  4. Protects up to 10ft/3m fence height with a single cable in the middle of the fence
  5. No training, certification or special tools needed
  6. No sophisticated calibration, zone sensitivity easily adjusted with dip switches
  7. Maintenance free – 2 years warranty on the sensor cable

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